archive: Re: SETI A hair-brained idea

Re: SETI A hair-brained idea

Daniel Boyd Fox ( )
Fri, 18 Sep 1998 09:25:42 -0500 (EST)

On Thu, 17 Sep 1998, Colin Crook wrote:

> Hey people,
> I have another hair brained idea.
> Ok first,light is a form of radiation.So are radio waves.Now if a telescope
> can magnafify light 400x,couldn't it also do the same with radio waves?You
> could focus your telescope on a star,put your reciver at the eye piece,and
> get a signal 400x more powerful!If this would work,it would cost less than
> a dish,and take up less space.So,would it work?


A telescope has much more light gathering and focusing ability than the
human eye, but both human eyes and optical telescopes have very little
microwave gathering and focusing capabilities.

Daniel Fox